A batch of migratory sacadas and their families aboard a sugarcane truck arrived at the medical mission venue in Balayan, Batangas.
A little less than a thousand migratory and local sugarcane cutters and their families availed of the medical and dental services in a mission conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment and its partners in Nasugbu and Balayan, Batangas, recently. The workers, some aboard sugarcane trucks, trooped to the mission venues at Palico Training Center, a facility offered by Central Azucarera Don Pedro in Nasugbu and to Brgy. Caloocan Multipurpose Gym in Balayan to have themselves checked for ailments, consult with doctors, tooth extracted and request for medicines and supplemental vitamins.
Sacadas undergo step one, blood pressure tests, during the DOLE-led medical mission in Balayan, Batangas.
Among the migratory sacadas hail from the provinces of Leyte, Romblon, Quezon, Rizal and Aklan. The sacadas, whom more than half do not even know how to sign their names, were thankful as the medical and dental services were brought to them rather than them going to the hospitals and clinics.
DOLE Provincial Director Aleta Frigillana (right) explains a procedure to a sacada wife at the registration desk of the medical mission in Nasugbu, Batangas.
The mission was executed with the full support of DOLE’s partner agencies: The Office of Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto sent a team of forty administrative and medical health personnel of the Provincial Health Office. The team includes doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, a nutritionist, a medical technologist and a laboratory technician. The PHO group also donated boxes of medicines. The Western Batangas Medical Society sent two physicians. The Office of First District Congressman Tom Apacible also supported the activity with two doctors, two dentists and additional meals for the medical practitioners. The Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. backed the activity with 108 bottles of vitamins and 2,600 capsule-vitamins. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office supported with medicines worth twenty thousand pesos. Full administrative assistance were provided by Sugar District Tripartite Councils of Nasugbu and Balayan, the Batangas Labor Union, BSCI Rank and File Employees Union and the Local Government of Barangay Caloocan.
By: Guido R. Recio
Sr.LEO, DOLE Batangas